Man arrested in Worthing on suspicion of rape

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A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape, and is currently in police custody following an incident in Worthing in the early hours of this morning (Friday 13 April).

Police have currently sealed off the scene along Worthing seafront, near Steyne Gardens, and extensive enquiries are being undertaken to establish the circumstances of what happened.

The victim, a 19-year-old local woman, had spent the evening out in the town with friends before she was assaulted between 2am and 3am.

A police spokesperson said: “The scene of the incident has been sealed off and officers and scenes of crime officers will be there to collect any potential evidence throughout the course of the day.

“We would like to hear from anyone who thinks they may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the relevant times to contact police immediately on 101, quoting Operation Helston.”